by the handful

by the handful

in amounts equal to a handful; in quantity. Billy is eating candy by the handful. People began leaving by the handful at midnight.
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Nabokov, one half of the Sharks' outstanding goaltending duo, made strong saves by the handful and rarely allowed a juicy rebound as he shut down a Kings attack that had 32 shots through two periods.
In fact, Death Valley was named by the handful of fortune-seekers who survived four months of starvation, dehydration and exhaustion while traveling the 376-mile route.